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Group:  B | 15.10.2008, 18:30h
Group:  B | 15.10.2008, 18:30h
71-86
23 - 2413 - 1820 - 1515 - 29
23 - 2413 - 1820 - 1515 - 29
Venue: Riga (LAT) |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Kati Nynäs (FIN), Sigmundur Herbertsson (ISL), Petra Kremer (GER)

GAME REPORT


MKB EuroLeasing Storm To Late Win At TTT Riga

If TTT Riga were supposed to be in a celebratory mood with the EuroBasket 2009 draw being held in the city earlier in the day, MKB Euroleasing made sure the party didn't last long.

The Hungarian outfit broke open a close game over the last six minutes and cruised to an 86-71 win.

Trailing 66-65 with 6:18 remaining after Riga's Belarus international Tatyana Troina's three-pointer, Kathleen MacLeod replied with a shot from the arc to spark a 7-0 run for the Sopron team.

The Hungarian champions ended up outscoring their opponents 21-5 over the last 5:59 of the contest.

"We played like a team," winning coach Norbert Szekely said. "Many players scored a lot of points ... we showed good defense."

Riga had trailed by as many as 14 points late in the first half but battled back, only to fall away late in the fourth quarter.

"We are not ready as a team, yet," Riga boss Ainars Cukste  said.

"Not enough team action, loss of concentration. Players didn`t feel each other tonight.

"It`s a pity to start a tournament with a loss because this game was a very important one."

When it was over, Troina had hit six three-balls and led the hosts with a game-high 21 points, while Essence Carson poured in 17 and grabbed six rebounds.

Riga's Ieva Kublina, the Latvia international who has returned home after playing at Dynamo Moscow, poured in 16 points and hauled in nine rebounds.

MacLeod, Dora Horti and Amber Holt scored 16 apiece for MKB EuroLeasing.

Szekely added: "Our first goal we expect this year is to get into play-offs. We are a small club, but after this game, we would like to be in a third position in our group."

COACH QUOTES


Quotes TTT Riga vs MKB Euroleasing

Ainars Cukste, coach, TTT Riga:
 
„We are not ready as a team yet. Not enough team action, no concentration. The players didn`t feet each other tonight. Carson and Burian have yet to adapt into European basketball. The first one arrived five days ago and she's had six training sessions with the rest of the team, she showed good individual play today but it wasn`t enough time to incorporate her advantages into our team play. It`s a pity to start the tournament with a loss because this game was a very important one."

Ieva Kubliņa, player, TTT Riga:
 
„We are very disappointed to lose our first game. We didn`t work well in defense, despite having made this our first priority. We committed too many turnovers and we lost the battle for rebounds. We were also unstable tonight."

Norbert Szekely, coach, MKB Euroleasing:
 
„We played like a team. Many players scored a lot of points. It came in waves but we showed good defense. Our first goal this year is to get into the playoffs. We are a small club, but after this game we'd like to see ourselves finishing third in our group."

Kathleen Macleod, player, MKB Euroleasing:
 
„We played well as a team, despite having only nine players on the court. We played good defense, got seven more rebounds and it was enough to win."
 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

41.8%

28/67
FG
M/A

46.2%

30/65

43.2%

19/44
FG2P
M/A

50.0%

22/44

39.1%

9/23
FG3P
M/A

38.1%

8/21

60.0%

6/10
FT
M/A

75.0%

18/24

35

13/22
RT
RO/RD

42

16/26

17

AS

14

11

TO

13

6

ST

7

4

BS

3

23

PF

13

71

Pts

86

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